A theoretical framework and therapeutic songwriting protocol to promote integration of selfconcept in people with acquired neurological injuries

Jeanette Tamplin, Felicity A. Baker, Raymond A.R. MacDonald, Chantal Roddy, Nikki S. RIckard

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

A positive self-concept after neurological injury is associated with enhanced
quality of life and good mental health. Therefore, effective reconstruction of
identity is heralded as an important goal of rehabilitation. We have developed
and tested a songwriting protocol for people with acquired brain injury
and/or spinal cord injury (SCI) that focuses on six domains of self-concept
(physical, personal, social, family, academic/work, and moral). Over 12
music therapy sessions, people create three songs that reflect their perception
of their past, present, and future selves. The therapeutic process of creating
these songs aims to integrate residual components of the past self with that of
the present injured self. This article outlines the theoretical foundations for
the use of songwriting as a medium for change and describes the protocol in
detail. We then present a case study of a man with SCI to illustrate the
application of the protocol and the ensuing changes in self-concept.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Music Therapy
Early online date13 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • neurological injury
  • identity
  • rehabilitation
  • music therapy

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A theoretical framework and therapeutic songwriting protocol to promote integration of selfconcept in people with acquired neurological injuries'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this